I normally wouldn't consider myself someone who makes New Year's resolutions. But I am someone who tries to create new habits, and sometimes new habits make sense when you start them at the start of a section of your life. So maybe I am making New Year's resolutions, although I hope to make these habits that last longer than 2017. Regardless, I want to share with you what my goals are for this year, and invite you to go along with me in these habits, or at least follow along with my progress.

This year I want to create and learn more. Not passively learn when I have to, not learn when it is convenient, but to have a mindset of learning new things every day to better my skills. I believe that these goals will help me continue to learn and create more effectively with what I am passionate about, and I believe these goals will be easily trackable! So here we go.

1. Write twice a month.

I believe that writing forces you to process your ideas and thoughts more effectively so that they make sense to others. I am by no means a writer, half the time I feel like I can barely speak English. I am someone with ideas that sometimes are worth sharing, and I believe sharing what I am learning by writing about it will solidify my understanding of the concept. Whether it is about coding, photography, whatever it is, I want to write about it. You can find all my writings right here on this site. I may also try out posting a few here and there on my Medium depending on the content!

2. Shoot two photography projects a month.

I have really enjoyed diving more into photography. I believe that it is one of the most effective ways for me personally to express my thoughts in a creative way. Sometimes I find it difficult to go shoot when I am always in the same place, but I think that is me making excuses. I want to shoot more and produce more consistently. Not that I will only shoot twice a month, but that I will make sure I create at least that much. You will be able to follow along with my photoventures on Instagram, or right here on this site. I also sometimes will share them at Unsplash which will allow you to download them full resolution for whatever use you would like! But don't forget about the credit where it is due ;).

  • January
    1. We got snow and I took the chance to take some shots. You can find them here.
    2. Nathan and I went on a winter hike in search of Witches Castle. You can find them here.
  • February
    1. Did my first product shoot for a friend's salon. You can find them here.
  • March
    1. It's difficult for me to shoot in places that are normal and everyday. So I tried to capture my everyday life at home. Check them out here.
    2. Got the chance to shoot at Nate Botsford's show. Find them here.
    3. Visited Pacific City for the day with my buddies! Check out the shots here.
    4. Secret Society show in Portland shooting for my friends Anna Gilbert and Nate Botsford. Make sure to follow them, and check out the shots here.
  • April
    1. Bend or bust for three days with some friends to explore. Check out the shots here!
  • May
    1. Went to Cathedral Park in Portland! Check out the shots here.
  • June
  • July

3. Read one book a month.

I have never been a reader. It was ruined for me in public school when I had to read A Tale of Two Cities as a 12 year old. I did my entire book report on the first 40 pages of the book because I just had no idea what was happening. Despite that, I think that reading is an amazing way to learn. I am trying to love reading, so making myself read a book a month is a good start. Whether it's fiction, educational, spiritual, I will read. I'm starting off the year with Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday which is already great.

  • January
    1. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holliday
  • February
  • March
    1. Mastering Ruby Exceptions by Starr Horne
  • April
  • May
    1. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • June
  • July

4. Continue journaling every day.

150 days ago I decided I wanted to start journaling everyday. The last thing I do everyday before I go to sleep is journal. Whether it is two sentences or two paragraphs, I jot down my thoughts of the day, anything that I have on my mind, or what I want to accomplish in the day to come. I use the Day One app on my phone. It is awesome and worth the purchase for me.

I plan on updating this post with my progress throughout the year so that you can see what I'm reading, writing and shooting. I hope you follow along with this creative process with me, and that you can find your own goals to learn and create this year.